This experimental, glitchy electronic track finds Matty Healy delivering lyrics about disorientation and the passing of time in a barely recognizable vocal.
Time feels like it's changed, I don't feel the same Try your best Yeah, I know Emas eht leef t'nod I-I-I ,--s'ti ekil sleef emiT
The third line of the verse ("Time feels like it's changed, I don't feel the same") is reversed in the last line.
The electronic music Healy and his bandmates listened to in their youth served as inspiration for the song. He told Apple Music: "I remember super, super minimal ravehead music when I was growing up. It was just a synth and a drum kit. We're also big Thom Yorke fans, outside of Radiohead, so I think there's probably a bit of that."
The music video features Ai-Da, the world's first ultra-realistic robot artist, sketching an impression of consciousness.
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.